LONDON - Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that his side need "a miracle" to avoid Premier League relegation after a 5-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur left them seven points from safety.
"I think we need a miracle," the Uruguayan said after Monday's game at White Hart Lane. "We need something unique, a shock, because if not I cannot see it coming."
Sunderland have taken just one point from their last seven games and although they have two games in hand, victories in both of those matches would still leave them a point adrift of safety.
Now bottom of the table, the beaten League Cup finalists host fifth-place Everton on Saturday before embarking upon daunting back-to-back trips to title-chasing Manchester City and Chelsea.
After hosting second-bottom Cardiff City and visiting Manchester United, they finish the campaign with successive home games against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City.
"I don't change my opinion," Poyet added. "I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn't matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday.
"I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left about how many we need to win."